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Some Misconceptions About the Effects of Weather on Commercial Solar Panels

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Many misconceptions surround solar panels' ability to stand up against extreme weather and climate conditions. Many are formulated based on individuals' experiences with the solar systems in different regions rather than scientific facts. So to help you set the record straight and learn about how exactly solar performs in a specific climate, we've outlined 5 common solar panels myths that you may encounter or may have heard of!

 

Misconception #1: Solar panel installations don't perform well in cold-weather climates 

While the idea of installing solar panels in cold weather might not occur to people who live in a temperate climate, it's important not to let judgments about installation locations prevent more prosperity from befalling your home. Solar panel installations perform well at all times but maybe even better when it's chilly because cold weather means sunlight is more likely to be whiter and is more easily converted into energy. This makes for a stronger and more efficient conversion rate!

 

Misconception #2: There's no point in having a solar installation in areas prone to heavy snow 

There are a few places that solar panels shouldn't go. There is no point in installing solar in areas prone to heavy snow, and solar panels should stay out of the rain. This shouldn't be a problem if you choose premium quality photovoltaic panels for your roof that has been optimized for whichever climate you live in. Our best ones will manage to power your home even when it snows!

 

Misconception #3: Solar panels and wind don't mix

It is not true that a high-quality solar installation should be any more affected by strong winds than any other part of your building or facility. Like every investment, an informed company will get you the highest quality and most reliable products they can find. The best solar installations are made with local wind patterns and incorporate components often tested against extreme wind loads. Think holistically: not every installation is made equal, and investing in top-of-the-line panels with the wrong provider is easy to do if one doesn't steer clear of companies that use low-quality materials like cheap cables and racking during the actual installation process.

 

Misconception #4: Solar panels are fragile and can easily crack when subjected to a hail

If you live in the Northeast or elsewhere with extreme weather conditions, you might think, “Solar panels and hail? That can't be a good combination!” And because the first thing that comes to mind is those high-speed iceballs pelting your panels, you might even picture your solar lining cracked. But this is a simple matter for you to dispel. The simplest way to do so is by saying – “There are tests for that.”

 

Misconceptions #5: All UL-certified commercial solar panels fare the same in extreme weather conditions 

Unfortunately, many solar panel manufacturers use UL certification as an indicator of quality and performance. But that doesn't necessarily mean your solar panels will perform well when it comes to bad weather or the next decade- so make sure you ask around online before deciding on which solar panels to buy because they might end up being a waste of your money (literally) in the long run. Ask questions like: “Do solar panels work during bad weather?” or “How much do photovoltaic cells degrade over time?” In addition, qualified commercial solar companies might be ready for you to inquire about how their company conducts extensive testing beyond UL certifications and will know the answer to questions like these:

  • “Does the panel manufacturer have an onsite testing facility?” 
  • “What kinds of tests are regularly performed?”
  • “How will these solar panels fare in a hurricane?”

 

Be blunt and weigh your options. The goal is to determine whether the manufacturer is beating the heck out of their panels to solve every eventuality. In addition, you should ensure that your solar installer considers how all installation parts will fare in inclement conditions. 

Source URL :  https://ahlecsolar.com.au/

 

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